Green energy guide

Make fossil fuels hiss-tory.

Green energy is a hot topic and has received a lot of media coverage in recent years. As fossil fuels are fast running out and global warming is an existing threat, we all want to be able to produce and use green energy at its full potential.

Unfortunately, putting it into widespread practice is a different story. Green energy is expensive to set up and distribute, and generally takes up more space for less output. However, the 2009 Renewable Energy Directive has committed the UK to produce 15% of its electricity from renewable sources like wind, water and solar by 2020. To achieve this and to fill remaining gaps between renewable energy and fossil fuels, the UK is to build more nuclear power stations.

The Energy Zoo is committed to providing our customers with as many options as possible when it comes to green energy. We can offer our expertise for the following green energy measures:

  • Solar PV
  • Solar thermal
  • Ground source heat pumps
  • Air source heat pumps
  • Biomass boilers

Green energy incentives
The Government introduced Feed-in Tariffs on 1 April 2010 as a financial incentive to encourage uptake of renewable energy technologies. When you install a renewable energy measure to your home such as solar panels, the Feed-in Tariff (FIT) means that you’ll be able to export electricity back to the grid and be paid for this. You can be paid for the electricity generated even if you use it yourself. You’ll also save money on your electricity bill because you’ll be using the electricity that you are generating – meaning that you buy less from the energy suppliers. Want to find out more? Read about Feed-in Tariffs here.

Also introduced was the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), which was set up to encourage uptake of renewable heat technologies amongst householders, communities and businesses through financial incentives. It is the first of its kind in the world and the UK government expects the RHI to contribute towards the 2020 ambition of 12% of heating coming from renewable sources. Phase one of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) launched in 2012 to support the UK’s non-domestic sector.

The domestic RHI was launched in April 2014 and provides financial support to the owner of a renewable heating system for seven years. The scheme covers England, Wales and Scotland and is targeted at, but not limited to, off-gas households.

Does the RHI sound more up your street? If green energy is more your thing, pick up the dog and bone and contact us today.